I'm back in work on Sunday, it's the first working day of the week here in Dubai, a country that I wasn't all that keen on when we moved here, however after a year it has started to grow on me, we've made friends and more importantly I've landed myself a teaching job. I wasn't working when I booked the teens flight out and the 23 year old booked his, so I'm a little sad to be missing out on their last week here, but Peter has taken leave for the rest of their stay and I've hired a car so I can get back and forth to work while they drive off to Hatta, Ferrari World, etc.
We had an amazing New Years Eve 2016 viewed from the beach which is 1km from our home. We are 5 kms from the Burj Al Arab and 9 kms from the Burj Khalifa.
We were without internet on the beach and noticed how the Burj Khalifa was engulfed with what we thought to be cloud, sadly on our return home we discovered it was smoke from the Address Hotel.
This photo was taken at 5.30pm yesterday, 20 hours after the blaze started. The fire damage is much worse than first reported and it's the 4th major fire in Dubai in 2015.
The firework display from the beach lasted over 40 minutes, starting at the Burj Khalifa, viewed from the back, and the Atlantis.
Next a huge wall of fireworks were set off up near the Creek
And stretched out into the sea
Finishing with a huge finale at the Burj Al Arab
Hope you enjoyed the show, we certainly did, we thought last years fireworks were spectacular, this year's was just mind blowing, can't wait to find out how we are going to end 2016.
What a sad photo! It's incredible how quickly the fire spread.ReplyDelete
The fireworks look amazing! Happy new year to you and hope the new job goes well.
thank you Sarah, 1st day today and I lived to tell the taleDelete
That fire looked so scary, it's amazing no one died. The fireworks are incredible....Over 40 mins! Wow! The Cote d'Azur puts on some great fireworks regularly but they're rarely more than 20 mins. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
I've been checking to make sure there were no casualties before posting this pictureDelete
happy new year to you, the fireworks look amazing xReplyDelete
thank you and to youDelete
The fireworks looked incredible, I saw that Dubai was trending and that's when I saw the building fire. It looked pretty scary but didn't appear to slow the party down.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year
Thank you for linking up
once they evacuated and had the fire under control they assessed the situation and declared it safe to go ahead with the celebrations, it was a decision taken lightlyDelete
It's great that you've settled into Dubai a bit more now, and what a spectacular fireworks show to set up 2016 that was awesome.ReplyDelete
it was a fantastic displayDelete
Looks like you had a great time! It was so shocking to see the Address Hotel on fire, but thank goodness noone was fatally injured! Have a great year ahead! #mysundayphotoReplyDelete
thankfully no one diedDelete
Wasn't it awful to see it go up in flames so quickly? So lucky no-one was hurt (from what I read here!). The fireworks looked really good as always!ReplyDelete
we didn't know it was on fire until we got home and received 100's messages from family and friends making sure we were ok as they knew we'd be out and about that nightDelete
I'm really hoping for less fires this year - two arsonists have been caught locally already this fire season, hopefully the Fire Fighters can have a bit of a break comparatively. I hope the same for your Fire Fighters too. Fire is not the fireworks we want to be seeing - just the other sort thank you.ReplyDelete
there are lots of discussions about fire regulations for external fittings here at the moment so hopefully fires like this can be prevented in the first placeDelete